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Smashing up a car in the name of art


This article is from 2007.

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Humans like doing what they know they shouldn’t: smoking, though we know it could kill us; drinking, though it makes us ill; eating the food that’s bad for us (ever got a thrill from eating a lettuce leaf?). But in real life, without running the risk of arrest, that’s about as exciting as it gets. But hands up those of you who’ve ever dreamt of smashing up a car?

This show is the next best thing: come and watch someone do it, and all in the name of art. Two Germans attempt to formulate a story about a disgruntled motorist, while playing music from Bach to Peter Paul & Mary on an Audi 80, completely destroying it in the process. Unfortunately, there’s only so many times you can watch a man hit a car bonnet, however harmonious the music. While the performers tried their hand at crafting a narrative, Shakespearean actors they’re not, and you could just sense that everyone was waiting for the finale, the moment of utter destruction, which, if you’ve got 15 quid to spare was fairly impressive.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 5.30pm, £14–£15 (£11.50–£12).

This article is from 2007.

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Christian Von Richthofen destroys a vehicle with percussion in every performance, to the music of Bach, Motörhead and Tchaikovsky, first with his hands, then with sticks hammers and crowbars. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.


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